I am substitute teaching English and French this year at the high school level. It astounds me to see the amount of money spent per student in order to enhance their education experience.
Electronic white boards run by Mac Pro computers, digital projectors...overheads have gone by the wayside, DVD players and in the Evansville system...netbook computers for each student. Term papers are researched on the Internet...forget the encyclopedia or for the most part ...the library.
With all of this technology...scores are lagging behind, student motivation is apathetic for the most part and the teacher has become more of a disciplinarian than that of an educator. Pardon my ranting here today but it is my observation that students have lost sight of the reason why they must go to school...it has become a necessary evil for them. Of course this doesn't apply to all students...I just see it as an overarching state of mind permeating the walls of our schools.
Early education was clear cut...reading, writing and arithmetic...almost an arcane phrase nowadays. Yet the products of the early modes of education are prevalent throughout our history. Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Paine...all leading thinkers of their time. The difference? It was unmistakably clear why they went to school...to learn law and history, military strategy, political science, language, reading and writing...In order to have the tools to successfully shape and mold a new country...learning from the mistakes of the past. The goals for students will not be the same today but they still must have a clear cut reason to learn...with that in mind...they will revive their motivation to excel in school again. This is of course an oversimplification but I do think that emphasis on the reasons "why" they are in school will help.
1156 - Harvest - Sunday Whirl (Wordle #321) presents a list of words that we must incorporate in a writing piece. The words this week are: possible, pretense, individua...
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